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Posted: May 19th, 2020

IF you’ve run out of paperbacks, finished all your jigsaws, your garden’s looking lovely, and your house has been cleaned to within an inch of its life, here’s a massive list of links to entertain, amuse and educate…

It’s 200 years since the birth of Florence Nightingale. Visit her museum’s website for some great downloads for home schooling and, if you can, help save it from closure.

If you love music you will absolutely LOVE this free, online music station that takes you on a tour of global pop music by decade and country. Any country, any decade, just shuffle:

And thanks to AMP committee member STEPHANIE KERSTEIN for this cultural cornucopia from Redbridge U3A (w/b 18th May). More and more entertainment is being offered online and there are some gems to be found in the list below. The links can be accessed on computers, laptops and smartphones or even smart TVs with an internet browser and/or a YouTube app – and it’s all free! Links update every week.

Drama: Every Thursday at 7.00 pm The National Theatre will be streaming a performance online. The show will be available for one week. The coming weeks’ plays are:

Now – 21st May: Barbershop Chronicles. Inua Ellams’ play about the places where banter is barbed, and the truth is telling:

21st – 28th May: A Streetcar Named Desire. Gillian Anderson plays Blanche DuBois in the critically acclaimed Young Vic production of Tennessee Williams’ classic play:

More information on or

Gate Theatre has two offerings: Malagi Mougel’s Suzy Storck: until 30th June and The Unknown Island based on Jose Saramago’s short story, The Tale of the Unknown Island: also until 30th June.

York Theatre Royal and Pilot Theatre have released Everything is Possible: The York Suffragettes: until 31st May.

From Border Crossings Theatre comes the film More than Words:  until 21st May)

Midnight Your Time is a wryly comic and ultimately heartbreaking exploration of what it really means to communicate remotely. It was recorded via webcam at Diana Quick’s home and is presented by Donmar Warehouse. It will be available until 20th May:

Lyric Hammersmith will stream their performance of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, but it will only be available on Wednesday 20th May from 2.30 pm till midnight:

Belgrade Theatre in Coventry presents Amy Ng’s Under the Umbrella. Wei is a smart girl, but she has reached 27, the age of “leftover woman”, so back in China, her grandmother is getting worried. The play premieres on Friday 22nd May at 7.00 pm and will be available for a week:

The Globe Theatre shows plays for free, one at a time, on rotation every two weeks. Each play premieres on a Monday at 7.00 pm.

Tonight – 31st May: The Winter’s TaleBlanche McIntyre directs a new version of Shakespeare’s great play of the irrational and inexplicable:

Today at 7.00 pm until schools reopen: Macbeth. A 90-minute production, created especially for a school audience:

More information on

Swinging the Lens’ production of Richard II from Sam Wanamaker Theatre can be watched on This is the first all women of colour Shakespeare production in the UK.

Canada’s Stratford Festival premieres a Shakespeare play every Thursday at 11.30 pm with each play being available for three weeks. Note that the stream includes a 30 minute preshow before the actual performance. Already available:

Coriolanus until 21st May.

Macbeth: until 28th May.

The Tempest:

Next up: Timon of Athens premiering on Thursday 21st May. Direct link not yet available, but check on

Musicals: Every Friday at 7.00 pm Andrew Lloyd Webber will make one of his musicals available for free for 48 hours. The performance for Friday 22nd May has not yet been announced. No direct link is available as yet but will e-mailed later in the week. Otherwise, check for more information.

Leonard Bernstein’s musical Trouble in Tahiti – a one-act satire on the American dream – can be seen in a production by Opera North: until 1st June.

Chichester Festival Theatre is streaming David Walliams’ The Midnight Gang until 29th May.

Opera: The Royal Opera House will be streaming a ballet or opera performance every Friday at 7.00 pm after which they remain available for some time.

Available now:  La Traviata by Guiseppe Verdi, starring Renée Fleming and Joseph Calleja until 21st May.

Friday 22nd May premiere: Cendrillon by Jules Massenet until 4th June. Direct link not yet available

More information on

The Metropolitan Opera in New York offers a nightly opera stream which will be available for 23 hours from 12.30 am (7.30 pm in New York). This week’s schedule is as follows:

Tuesday 19th May: Idomeneo by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wednesday 20th May: Lohengrin by Richard Wagner

Thursday 21st May: Un Ballo in Maschera by Giuseppe Verdi

Friday 22nd May: Turandot by Giacomo Puccini

Saturday 23rd May: Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Sunday 24th May: Faust by Charles Gounod

Monday 25th May: Manon by Jules Massenet

The nightly opera can be watched at or through the Met Opera on Demand app on your smart TV.

The Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow is also streaming operas. No premieres announced this week.

For more information. check on

Operas are collected by the website Operavision:Óperas – and available on YouTube. Some theatres upload selected productions themselves. Beneath is a list of opera links to enjoy. They should all have English subtitles:

Doctor Atomic by John Adams, from De Nationale Opera, Amsterdam: until 24th May.

Der Schmied von Gent by Franz Shreker, from Opera Ballet Vlaanderen:

Eugene Onegin by Pyotr Tchaikovsky from Komische Oper, Berlin:

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk by Nikolai Leskov, from De Nationale Opera, Amsterdam:

Legend of the Invisible City of Kitzeh by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov from De Nationale Opera, Amsterdam:

L’Elisir d’Amore by Gaetano Donizetti, from Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna:

Ritratto by Willem Jeths, from De Nationale Opera, Amsterdam:

The Pearls of Cleopatra by Richard Strauss, from Komische Oper, Berlin:

The Queen of Spades by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, from Moscow State Stanislavsky Music Theatre:

Wozzeck by Alban Berg, from De Nationale Opera, Amsterdam:

This week’s premieres from Operavision – available from 6.00 pm for three months:

Friday 22nd May: Tristan & Isolde by Richard Wagner, from La Monnaie/De Munt, Brussels

Direct link not yet available, but check on

Ballet: The Royal Opera House will be streaming a ballet or opera performance every Friday at 7.00 pm after which they remain available for some time.

Ballets available: Anastasia by Kenneth McMillan: until 28th May.

More information on

Sadler’s Wells presents Moon Water by Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan: until 22nd May.

TOM by Wilkie Branson premieres Friday 22nd May at 7.30 pm. Direct link not yet available, but check

English National Ballet has launched Wednesday Watch Parties. This week’s performance, on Wednesday 20th May at 7.00 pm, will be Stina Quagebeur’s Nora – a one-act ballet inspired by the main character in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. It will only be available for 48 hours after the initial stream:

New York City Ballet makes performances available for 72 hours every Wednesday and Saturday from 1.00 am.

Wednesday 20th May premiere: George Balanchine’s Diamonds from Jewels, featuring Sara Mearns and Russell Janzen.

Saturday 23rd May premiere: Christopher Wheeldon’s Liturgy, featuring Maria Kowroski and Jared Angle, and Carousel (A Dance), featuring Lauren Lovette and Tyler Angle. Direct links not yet available, but check on

San Francisco Ballet performs Justin Peck’s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

From Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg comes Sleeping Beauty with music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky:

On Thursday 21st May at 6.00 pm, Border Crossings Theatre presents Ino Moxo – a visionary theatrical experience, combining shamanic chants, dance and extraordinary projections, choreographed by Ana Zavala and Oscar Naters. It will be online for a week on

Concerts: London Symphony Orchestra will be streaming a concert every Sunday and Thursday.

Now: Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 and Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Remembering conducted by Sir Simon Rattle:

Thursday 21st May at 7.30 pm: Benjamin Britten’s Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from Peter Grimes,

Sergey Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No 2 and Dmitry Shostakovich’s Symphony No 6 conducted by Gianandrea Noseda with Denis Matsuev, piano.

Sunday 24th May at 7.00 pm: Steve Reich’s Quartet and Sextet, Joe Locke’s Her Sanctuary and Makoto Ozone’s Kato’s Revenge arranged by Simon Carrington. LSO Percussion Ensemble.

Direct links not yet available. For full programme of each concert, visit Also visit

Royal Scottish National Orchestra has introduced Friday Night Club with a string of concerts already available. A new concert is streamed every Friday at 7.30 pm.

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 ‘Eroica’, directed by Sir Roger Norrington:

Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3 ‘Organ’ conducted by Neeme Järvi

Johannes Brahms’ German Requiem conducted by Gregory Batsleer

Richard Strauss’ Don Juan and Seven Early Songs by Alban Berg, conducted by Thomas Søndergård

Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No.1, directed by Thomas Søndergård

Excerpts from Delibes’ Sylvia and Bizet’s Carmen, conducted by Neeme Järvi

Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, and Fantaisie for Piano and Orchestra with Sir Roger Norrington and pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, conducted by Peter Oundjian:

Premiere on Friday 22nd May: Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 1, conducted by Thomas Søndergård. Direct link not yet available.

More information on or

New York Philharmonic Orchestra presents the series NY Phil Plays On:

Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 conducted by Alan Gilbert in “A Concert for Unity,” featuring musicians from around the world joining the Philharmonic:

Soprano Renée Fleming sings Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate and Richard Strauss’s Muttertändelei, Waldseligkeit, and Cäcilie, conducted by Kurt Masur:

Antonin Dvorak’s Cello Concerto played by Yo-Yo Ma, conducted by Kurt Masur:

Also check on

Boston Symphony Orchestra streams concerts under the banner BSO at Home:

Andris Nelsons conducts Bartók, Mozart, and Ravel featuring pianist Yefim Bronfman:

Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 conducted by Erich Leinsdorf:

Also check on

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra makes a concert available on You Tube every Thursday at 10.30 am. Here is a selection:

MSO+Kate Miller-Heidke. Featuring Australian theatre and music sensation Kate Miller-Heidke on stage alongside her husband and collaborator, Keir Nuttall, this performance showcases the full breadth of Kate’s vocal abilities in this exciting pop meets orchestra concert:

Danish String Quartet’s Last Leaf, arranged for MSO Quintet by Michelle Wood, is the second album by the Nordic ensemble. Known for their incredible takes on contemporary composition and classical repertoire, Last Leaf is a series of Nordic folk songs:

For more music and information, visit

The Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam releases no less than three concerts each week. Each concert is preceded by an introduction and sometimes an interview. These are the latest:

Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 5, conducted by Nicholas Harnoncourt:

Hector Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique, conducted by Daniele Gatti:

Sergey Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto no. 3 with Alexander Gavrylyuk and conducted by Vladimir Jurowski:

Claude Debussy’s La Mer and Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps, conducted by Daniele Gatti

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2, conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Josef Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 2 with cellist Giovanni Sollima and Mozart’s Symphony No. 38, conducted by Giovanni Antonini:

Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 conducted by Herbert Blomstedt:

Astor Piazzolla’s Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas lead by and with concertmaster Liviu Prunaru, and Antonio Vivaldi’s Le quattro stagioni lead by and with concertmaster Vesko Eschkenazy:

Concertgebouw’s Gustav Mahler Festival:

Symphony No. 1, conducted by Mariss Jansons

Symphony No. 2, conducted by Daniele Gatti with Annette Dasch, soprano, and Karen Cargill, mezzo-soprano:

Symphony No. 3, conducted by Mariss Jansons:

Symphony No. 4, conducted by Iván Fischer with Miah Persson, soprano:

Symphony No. 5, conducted by Daniele Gatti:

Symphony No. 6, condicted by Lorin Maazel:

Symphony No. 7, conducted by Pierre Boulez:

Symphony No. 8, conducted by Mariss Jansons:

Symphony No. 9, conducted by Bernard Haitink:

Symphony no. 10 ’Das Lied von der Erde’ conducted by Fabio Luisi:

David Oistrakh plays Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s five violin concertos & Rondo:

Katherine Jenkins’ VE Day performance We’ll Meet Again in an empty Royal Albert Hall is still available to watch on

David Gilmour’s Live at Pompeii – recorded 45 years after Pink Floyd’s legendary performance – is now available to stream on

The Rolling Stones have launched Extra Licks! – a series of special past performances premiering Sundays at 8.00 pm. Yesterday’s offering, Live at The Fonda Theatre can be watched at

If you are into electronic music, you may enjoy Jean-Michel Jarre’s The Connection Concert from 2017:

A concert by Amy MacDonald from Schaffhausen, Switzerland in 2019 can be watched on

There’s reggae from Ziggy Marley performing live at Exit Festival 2018:

Heavy rock from Metallica live in Paris 2017:

Earlier this year Eric Clapton and Friends paid tribute to Ginger Baker in a concert at the Hammersmith Apollo. Watch it on

Lady Gaga unleashes unparalleled energy in an Enigma concert in Miami:

A line-up of Broadway favourites, among them Josh Groban and Meryl Streep, celebrate Stephen Sondheim with a concert event called Take Me to the World – performed from home:

Lincoln Center in New York has made a string of concerts by The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis available under the heading Jazz at Lincoln Center. Here is a selection:

The Music of Miles Davis

JLCO Songbook

South African Songbook

Who is Chick Corea?

Untamed Elegance

The Life and Music of Dave Brubeck

The JLCO plays Monk

Who is Benny Goodman?

Celebrating Ella Fitzgerald, the first lady of jazz

Virtual Gala: Worldwide Concert for our Culture:

More information on

Other events: The Royal Albert Hall has launched a series of events under the heading Royal Albert Home. This includes artists performing live from their own home. The streams are available on YouTube after the event.

Recent performances:

Natalie Prass:

Marisha Wallace:

Sinéad Harnett:–oSzz3M8

The Great Jelly of London by Paul Jennings, read by Samuel West:

Richard Thompson:

Jesca Hoop:

David Ford:

Opera for kids with Maciek O’Shea

Sea Shambles

This week’s Royal Albert Home events:

Tuesday 19th May at 7.30 pm: Gabriela Montero:

Thursday 21st May at 8.15 pm: Scouting for Girls:

For more information about this series and the individual performances, visit


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